How much does it cost to cremate a cat?
Cost of cremation for your cat will depend on the size of your cat and the type of memorial/cremation service you choose. However, on average the cost for cat cremation ranges from $60 to $150. Communal cremation costs about $30 to $70 and private cremation averages between $100 and $200.
What factors affect the cost of cat cremation?
Price for the cremation of a cat will depend on many variables, such as:
- Time of day
- Cost of living for the area
- Size and weight of the cat
- Type of cremation/memorial service
Some of the prices may seem a bit high, however, cremation is more affordable than the burial of a cat in a pet cemetery or gravesite.
To have your cat cremated in a chamber where they are the only pet inside is known as private cremation. While this is the most expensive cremation option for felines – this is the only way to ensure the cremated ashes belong only to your cat and not to other animals. Private cat cremation costs average from about $100 to $200.
Available as the most affordable cat cremation option, communal cremation is where the body of your cat is placed in a cremation chamber with other pets. With this option, the cremated remains will be disposed of, usually on cemetery grounds. The average cost for this cat cremation service is about $30 to $70.
Another option exists for those that want to keep the cremated ashes of their pet, but do not want to spend, or cannot afford, a private cremation. This option is known as individual cremation.
With this method, the body of your cat is placed in the same cremation chamber as other animals, but in an individual tray or partition. The benefit is that you can receive the ashes of your pet, but it will likely be mixed of the cremains of other pets that were incinerated at that same time. Costs for this type of service will be higher than communal cremation, but lower than private.
What are additional cat cremation services and expenses?
Prices for cat cremation are not a one-size-fits-all matter. Certain conditions, such as the size of your cat and whether or not euthanasia is involved, will affect the total cost.
Another possible fee is the transportation of the pet’s body, according to the policy of the cremation service. The pick up of the deceased animal from the home or veterinary clinic may cost somewhere between $30 to $50 on average. This price may be higher for transportations that occur after hours or on weekends/holidays. If you want to witness the cremation take place, typically a $20 to $30 charge is added to the final cost.
Moreover, if you want to store the cat’s ashes in a pet urn, there will be an additional charge for the urn. Often a pet urn will cost anywhere from $50 to $150 or more depending on which one you choose.
Pet cremation services often provide other options for the memorialization of your beloved feline. Cremation jewelry is a popular choice. You can also use some of the cremated remains yourself and send them to a company be turned into cremation diamonds, jewelry, plants, glass artwork, or other keepsakes.
How to find a cremation service for your cat
Usually the best place to start is to talk with your preferred veterinarian. Many times animal clinics have their own crematoriums, or partner with a local crematory and can offer the best advice for these services. One of the advantages of working with your veterinarian is that they often will make the arrangements for you, leaving you to focus on the memory of your furry friend and to work on processing this loss.
You can also call a local pet crematorium and inquire about their prices and services. Local animal shelters make a valuable resource for this type of information. Still, if you are seeking another option, keep in mind that large funeral homes often offer pet cremation services, or can point you in the right direction of someone who does.